UNLIREC Job Vacancy: Project Advisor - Lima, Peru


UNLIREC Public Security Project Advisor

General Information:Project: Enhancing Public Security through disarmament and arms control

Title: Project Advisor

Duty station: Lima, Peru

Duration: 12 month, starting 1st. quarter 2017 (extension funding contingent)

Type of contract: Individual Contract

Summary of main services to be provided:

Provide project management support as primary liaison between staff, governments, external consultants and partner agencies for all administrative, logistical and editorial tasks related to UNLIREC projects within the Public Security Programme and initiatives related to Enhancing Public Security through disarmament and arms control measures.


The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), as the operational arm of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, is mandated to provide substantive support for the initiatives and other activities of the Member States of the Latin American and the Caribbean region for the implementation of measures for peace and disarmament, and for the promotion of economic and social development.

Duties and Responsibilities:
For the specific purpose above UNLIREC intends to recruit up to two Project Advisors, contingent upon funding availability, to be based in Lima, Peru. Each project advisor will be responsible project portfolios in several countries. These positions will require extensive travel to the region. The Project Advisors will form part of the work of the Public Security Programme team and report back to the project team leaders.

The Project Advisors will be responsible for:

Programme Planning and Implementation (40%)

  • Lends support for the organization and delivery of activities related to firearms forensic ballistics, security and justice sector capacity building initiatives on the combat of illicit arms trafficking, public security legal and police frameworks.
  • Assists project leaders to identify capacity-building and technical needs and undertake capacity-building activities at a national and sub-regional level.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual workplans, including project and programme budgets.
  • Participates in the planning and organization of public security thematic workshops, seminars and other related meetings.
Building Partnerships (20%):

  • Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
Advises on the expansion of the Public Security Programme: (15%)

  • Undertakes research and maintain up-to-date knowledge of tools and events relating to public security issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the States and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
  • Advises on the latest regional trends and developments in the area of public security and provides inputs on issues to senior officials at UNLIREC.
  • Gathers selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including academic and the press.
Draft reports, briefing materials and other related documents: (15%)

  • Supports team leader in the monitoring of the contribution agreements and deadlines for narrative/financial reports; prepare project narrative/financial reports in a timely manner.
Performs other related duties as required by the Director (10%)

Work Experience

  • Professional programme management experience in public security, disarmament and non-proliferation, arms control and related matters in Latin America and the Caribbean is required.
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in programme management, facilitating institutional planning, and project implementation is required.
  • Working experience with the United Nations and/or international organizations is required.
Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning and Organising: Ability to manage, organize, plan and implement work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines.
  • Communication: Strong spoken and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of law enforcement, particularly in the area of border management, international trade and commerce and the illicit use of sea containers for trafficking purposes.
  • Familiarity with the United Nations policies, rules, regulations, administrative and programmatic procedures and follow and apply them.
  • Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders.
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in one of the following relevant fields: business administration, public administration, management, international relations, political science, peace studies, law or other relevant field.


Demonstrated ability to write and communicate fluently in English and Spanish. Knowledge of French and Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Considerations
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Qualified candidates who are interested in the above position are invited to submit their application, in English, attaching a UN Personal History Form, with contact details for two professional references, and one professional writing sample, not later than 11 December 2016.

To: Cecilia Morales(morales@unlirec.org)

Subject: Vacancy Announcement – “Project Advisor: Public Security/Caribbean”